Harmful Sugar Rides on a Diabetic's Red Blood Cells
The Human Body, a miracle beyond peer, besieged on all sides yet well defended
Calling someone "Sweetie" may be only too accurate!
This writer was diagnosed as being diabetic type 2, several years ago. Since then, he has been on and off insulin, same for medications likeTrajenta (linagliptin) and finally back on the latter after tiring of the rigid no-carbs and miserly amounts of fruit diet (etc) which was required to keep blood sugar at acceptable low levels.
I proved diabetes in my case can be halted, if not cured. Once the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas have been damaged, insuring a lack of insulin production, a "normal" diet will have your HbA1c twice-yearly test indicating you are in trouble again.
"It was the toast, the toast,
That was missed the most!
And the oozing butter,
He was heard to mutter."
That one piece of buttered toast, with or without toppings in the morning finally beat me and I wearily watched my A1c test causing the doc to wag his finger in my face and agreed with my diagnosis, prescribing linagliptin again. One 5mg pill a day and I can have my (one) slice of toast and even a small potato...heaven!
I wondered like ancients with nothing better to do are wont to do, "what a miracle is this A1c test." While I have to prick my poor old digits 3 times a day (say) the doc can find out what has been my average blood sugar level for 3 months with just a few grams more of my precious gore.
It's all down to our tireless laborers, the red blood cells, also known as RBC's and red blood corpuscles, (that's the name for them if you are corpulent...just kidding).
I first had a look at the go-to page on Wikipedia, (I send them a few $$$ and so should you). To be fair, Wiki does say its advice is rather technical and suggests we take a 6-year medical degree and come back (not really). But I defy any layman (and some NHS doctors) who is not a child genius to make head of tail of the science-speak* (see footnote). So I decided to look elsewhere and simplify, simplify, as Henry Ford said when he told the world they would be better off on a bike (well, he should have).
What these tiny cells do is collect oxygen from the lungs - or the gills if you're Theresa May - and take it to all the four corners of your body.
These cells don't even bother with a nucleus, they reserve nearly all their space for hemoglobin, which binds the oxygen to them, and in less than a minute they have squeezed through your narrowest capillaries (not the ones you've blocked by smoking and eating Big-Macs) and discharged their precious cargo to give you the strength to keep on lifting that cigarette to your mouth; likewise, the delicious Big-Mac!
In the time it takes you to read the above sentence (took me 7 secs.) you have made another roughly 15 million red blood cells in your bone marrow! And about the same amount have died and been removed by your macrophages, a body swat-team.
Yes, they only live for about 120 days and the sugar attached to them is removed as well. But by then your surfeit sugar molecules allowed by your lack of insulin are attaching to the hemoglobin of the brand new blood cells and also being transported around the body where they can damage many of your organs and cause illness and premature death if not addressed.
It must be noticed that the accuracy of the HbA1c test, perhaps too often seen as gospel by the medical fraternity - and diabetics - can be affected by the fact you may be carrying older red blood corpuscles which can have an extra sugar load. This can be caused by certain mineral and vitamin deficiencies, such as B12 and Folic Acid, etc. But in general this test is fit for purpose, can't say that for Theresa May (poor fish, she is also a diabetic type 2).
A few words about Insulin
It's beneficial and necessary effect is well known, that of promoting the absorption of mainly sugar into the liver and fat, etc. And that people with Diabetes 1 can make no insulin, while diabetes 2 patients have some but not enough.
Diabetes can often be controlled with diet and exercise alone, if this is not possible, medication and eventually insulin is prescribed.
Since 1982, biosynthetic insulin has been available, along with the paraphenalia, to check levels and inject the substance. This has become a billion dollar industry to providers and one they want to protect. To this end, the toxic, harmful potential of insulin is down-pedalled by the medical community and Big Pharma, etc.
I am about to do an article on a very interesting little predator, the C. geographus Cone Shell and their use of a complex armory of toxins, along with Insulin, which they use to stun and kill their prey, (and you if you incautiously handle them). They are classed as the most venomous creatures on the planet! Please stand by for this article in the next few days
Footnote *A wise man once said, "200 years ago, one man could store the whole of human knowledge in his brain, now (in 2019) one man cannot know all there is to know about a blade of grass."